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JM Gallery presents works by three women whose art transforms the ordinary into the extraordinary. Melanie Millar is fascinated by ornamental forms and the universal human impulse to embellish. She extracts interlace and floral forms from their context as elements of fabric design and recontextualizes them in her paintings as “pure” form. The resulting images signify and at the same time embody the pleasure-producing forms of “mere” decoration, forcing us to reconsider the distinction between “art” and “decoration.” Sasha Baskin draws on a loom, weaving beautifully detailed portraits from silk and tencel. The shading and tonality of her images are created by variations in the woven structure that create patterns of light and shadow. Through her process of weaving as drawing, Sasha creates a dialog between the tonality and apparent spontaneity of the “art” of drawing and the process-oriented and structured “craft” of weaving. Fari Rahimi creates deceptively simple geometric forms from steel, glass, and paint. Long rectangular bands cut through raw, heavy steel, reveal colorful forms that dance behind fragile glass rods. As Fari explains, this imagery suggests the eye slit in a traditional purda, or burqa, through which many Islamic women view the world, and it represents how women interact with narrow segments of their worlds through the physical and metaphorical barriers that surround them.
JM Gallery is at 1722 Routh Street, Dallas, Texas. The exhibit is listed on the Art & Seek calendar and runs through September 12. The gallery is located at One Arts Plaza across from the 7-Eleven and open Tuesday through Thursday and Sunday from 12 to 6 pm and Friday through Saturday from 12 to 8 pm.